For only having five wrestlers competing over the weekend in the annual Marshall Invitational, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team may have fared better than a lot of teams with bigger numbers.
Although the Pirate wrestlers finished 10th out of 17 teams in the final-team standings, they also had two second place finishers and one third place finisher out of the 14 weight classes.
In the final-team standings, Gallatin captured the team title with 150.5 points. Tolton Catholic finished second with 134 points, followed by Chillicothe at 133.5, Brookfield at 132.5, Lebanon at 113, Southern Boone at 87.5, Marshall and Versailles each at 85.5, Hallsville at 84, Boonville 69, Hickman 65, North Callaway 57.5, Osage 45, Carrollton 33.5, Rock Bridge 15.5, Tina Avalon 4.0 and Pembroke Hill 0.
Boonville Pirates wrestling team Christian Stock said Marshall has never been good to the Pirates during the final round.
“Gabe Rumbaoa and Brant Whitaker both took losses in their finals matches,” Stock said. “The bright spot of the final matches was Dalton Williams winning his third place match. Overall we had a solid day I just wish we could have pulled the two championship matches. I guess I am greedy. It was a good way for all the guys to get some quality matches to begin the second half of the second. All of the guys got five matches which is a good number this early back. We host Moberly on Tuesday and got to Owensville on Saturday. Again, I thought we wrestled well I just wish we would have closed the day out with three wins.”
As for the two second place finishers for Boonville, freshman Brant Whitaker and senior Gabe Rumbaoa both finished the tournament at 4-1 in their respective weight classes.
Whitaker, 23-2 on the season, won three matches by fall and one by a major decision in the first-four rounds in the 145 pound weight class.  Whitaker recorded pins against Gage Ward of Versailles in 1:04, Allister McDonald of Pembroke Hill in 46 seconds and Chet Cunningham of North Callaway in 2:20. Meanwhile, in his semifinal match, Whitaker won by a major decision against Caleb Boyd of Gallatin 16-2. Then, in the championship match, Whitaker dropped his only match against Luke West of Hallsville by a 7-6 decision.
As for Rumbaoa, the senior grappler improved to 10-2 on the season while competing in the 220 pound weight class. While returning just last week from a knee injury, Rumbaoa won by fall against his first-four opponents by pinning Michael Root of Marshall in 1:16, Matthew Callen of Chillicothe in 1:19, Marcus Joseph of Hickman in 46 seconds and Dominic Lawrence of Southern Boone in 2:59. Meanwhile, in the championship match, Rumbaoa dropped his only match of the tournament against Graydee Rains of Gallatin 12-0.
Also taking the medal stand for Boonville were junior Dalton Williams third at 285 and Greyson Mesik fifth at 220. Dakota Rapp finished 11th in the 182 pound weight class.
Williams, 3-2 in the tournament, won all three of his matches by fall against Charlie Smith of Southern Boone in 2:43, Joe Shady of Versailles in 55 seconds and Keegan Valdez of Chillicothe in the third place match 3:49.
As for Mesik, he also finished 3-2 overall with pins against Jordan Delashmutt of North Callaway in 2:57, Lane Thudium of Brookfield in 2:28 and Matthew Callen of Chillicothe in the fifth place match in 4:53.
Sedalia Rookie Roundup
In the Sedalia Rookie Roundup over the weekend, the Boonville wrestlers had three third place finishers in the tournament.
Eric Bundy finished third at 2-2, Brayden McFarland third at 1-2 and Lance Marshall third at 1-3. Dustyn Taylor and Brady Stock also finished 1-3 in the tournament.
Stock said LSE wrestling coach Summer Young said all of the wrestlers wrestled solid matches all day. “She said she was impressed to see how much they have improved in a season,” Stock said. “She coached several of them in eighth grade last season and the rest she saw wrestle last season at the JV tournaments. Again this tournament is exactly what some of these young and inexperienced wrestlers need to get better. They get to wrestle for the most part against kids very near their skill level and weight class. I really feel like they gain more confidence at these type of matches. They have two more they will attend, one at Moberly next Saturday and one at Hickman on February 3rd.”